Local author writes mystery featuring PI based in Pagosa


    A new mystery called “Served Cold,” featuring a private investigator named Carson “Zack” Zacharias, has just been published by local author F. Sterling Artis, better known in our community as Rick Artis.

    The story begins when a woman hires Zack to find her husband, who has been kidnapped. The husband is the head of a private school and research facility called Sunlight Academy in the middle of 1,400 acres of national forest near Pagosa Springs. The academy attracts the best and brightest in the fields of math and science, but those students include a suspiciously high percentage of citizens of Saudi Arabia. And why would a research facility need so many armed security guards?

    Turns out that the academy’s successful research into alternative fuels is raising the ire of Middle East oil countries as they fear a loss of their power and wealth in world markets. They worry about dramatic improvements in electric cars because their goal is to maintain America’s dependence on their highly profitable gas and oil.

    As Zack works with local police to rescue the kidnapped man and tie up myriad other loose ends relating to the volatile situation, it is fun for local readers to follow their progress through locations we know well — including restaurants like Colorado Cafe for breakfast, Boss Hogg’s for ribs and the Alley House for special occasions.

    Artis is also the author of a dozen Christian scripts on topics like accountability, passing judgment and intelligent design vs. evolution for church congregations large and small. As well, he has written short and full-length comedic plays.

    “Served Cold” is dedicated to the author’s wife D’Ann, a well-known local musician who also created the cover art, a photo of local mountain scenery. This is the first book in a mystery series that Artis promises will have at least two more stories.

    One of Artis’ fans donated a copy of “Served Cold” to the library.

    Free high-tech training

    Our free high-tech learning sessions continue. Informal sessions with Cody are set for Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursday, Nov. 29, from 3-5 p.m. We also have one last formal training session this month that requires advance registration for space reasons: Friday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m.-noon, you can learn how to download and organize digital photos from your camera.

    Transition Movement lecture

    “Transitioning into Resilience in Uncertain Times” is the lecture topic on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 4-5:30 p.m. The Transition Movement has helped communities worldwide begin transitioning from fossil-fuel dependency to locally based economic resilience. Learn about this optimistic, fun-filled and energetic movement.

    Large print

    “Better Than Chocolate” by Sheila Roberts is the latest in the romance Life in Icicle Falls series. “No Way To Kill a Lady” by Nancy Martin is the latest in the Blackbird Sisters mystery series. “Hostage” by Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel follows a Brooklyn storyteller kidnapped to be bartered for three Palestinian prisoners. “Last to Die” by Tess Gerritsen is a thriller about a young man who survives two family slaughters. “Mad River” by John Sandford is the latest in the Virgil Flowers thriller series. “How I Came To Sparkle Again” by Kaya McLaren is a romance set in a ski town in Colorado.

    Mysteries and thrillers

    “The Sanctuary” by Ted Dekker is a thriller about a vigilante priest serving a 50-year prison term. “The Old Gray Wolf” by James D. Doss is the latest in the Western mystery series featuring tribal investigator Charlie Moon and Police Chief Scott Parris. “The Secret Keeper” by Kate Morton looks back after 50 years at the day a 16-year-old girl witnessed a shocking crime.

    Other fiction

    “People of the Black Sun” by Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear is the final book in this Iroquois quartet that illuminates North America’s forgotten past. “Ruins” by Orson Scott Card is book two in the Pathfinder science fiction series. “Iced” by Karen Marie Moning is the first book in a new urban paranormal trilogy set in Dublin. “Sea Glass Summer” by Dorothy Cannell follows a woman who moves to the Maine coast for a fresh start after a painful divorce.


    “Bouchon Bakery” by chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller is the fifth of his cookbooks chronicling his restaurants, their chefs and best recipes.

    Thanks to our donors

    For books and materials this week, we thank Joy Schweng and Tammie Shrader.

    Quotable quote

    “At a certain age, it’s better to look up than look down.” — Penny Marshall, contemporary American actress, TV and film producer.


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